As I write the title of this post, I imagine, somewhere, maybe down the street, maybe across an ocean, someone is screaming. They’re screaming “I don’t code!” They’re screaming it because they read the title and thought that this post is all about coding in HTML. It’s not. There, now, you can breathe normally again.
OK, now, the next part. We still need an HTML version before it becomes an app. How does one get an HTML version without learning HTML?
Fortunately, there are many ways to get an HTML version even if you don’t know the difference between “<p>” and “</p>.”*
There are four basic ways to create HTML:
- Learn HTML
- Use a WYSIWYG editor.
- Use a free web builder.
- Get someone else to do it.
Let’s set the first one aside for now. If you’re interested in learning HTML, there are some great resources at W3Schools and HTML.net.
Use a WYSIWYG editor
Wow, that’s a long acronym. It stands for “What you see is what you get.” If you’ve ever used (the late lamented) FrontPage or DreamWeaver to build a webpage, you’ve used WYSIWYG. Editors like these allow you to arrange your content on the page using various editing tools similar to the ones you would find in any word processing tool. The good news is that you don’t have to shell out next month’s rent for an HTML editor because there are plenty of free ones available too.
Use a free web builder
This one sounds ominous, but it’s actually a really easy way to get a site together. There are loads of quick site builders out there. I’m particularly partial to Google Sites, because it offers a very wide variety of options and templates, is easy to customize for mobile, and is free. If you’re looking for a blogging option, Google’s Blogger is the easiest to customize for mobile, and setup on Blogger is much easier than setting up a site in WordPress. Tumblr is a great blogging option, if you like to live blog photo-posts from your phone. There are also a number of other web builders like Wix or Weebly.tool
Get someone else to do it for you
Ah. That’s the non-coder’s way out. Of course, you may find that your third cousin’s ex-boyfriend who is a huge web mogul might not want to help you. There are ways of making people help you, legally. You can use services like Vworker or eLance. Be sure that you’ve explained the full scope of your project, and that you know exactly what you want well enough to make it clear to the person on the other end of the deal. It’s hard to get an idea across clearly, so be sure to make drawings, workflow charts, anything you need to make sure that the concept is fully understood by your coder. These coders usually work quickly, and their projects usually match the specifications that they are given. These sites all take a lot of pride in the quality of workmanship, so you can be certain that your project will go through just fine.
*<p> starts a paragraph and </p> ends it.